The Underground Railroad


Rochester and Central New York were a hotbed of social and religious change in 19th-century America. In the face of laws and practices designed to enforce the status quo of American slavery, many African Americans used the Underground Railroad to move from bondage in the South to freedom in the North.

How did this path to freedom work, and what role did Rochesterians play? Join Sally Millick in exploring some of the Underground Railroad activists who are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, as well as the social, religious, and political groups that paved the way for the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the ultimate dismantling of “The Peculiar Institution” in the United States.

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